The United States State Department is offering $10,000,000 for information on hackers targeting the November 2020 U.S. Presidential Elections
Only 3 months are left for the mega November 2020 United States Presidential Elections and the talks of election hacking are abuzz. Election watchers and the media is worried whether the hackers could target the polling booth systems or interfere with them. Others are worried about hackers accessing the votes that are sent through the United States Postal Service (USPS). Even President Trump has raised questions about the security of mail-in voting.
To tackle these hacking fears, the United States State Department has announced a whopping $10 million reward for any information on hackers targeting the November 2020 Elections. On Wednesday, the U.S. Department of State offered “a reward of up to $10 million for information leading to the identification or location of any person who works with or for a foreign government for the purpose of interfering with U.S. elections through certain illegal cyber activities.”
“The reward offer seeks information on the identification or location of any person who, while acting at the direction of or under the control of a foreign government, interferes with any U.S. federal, state, or local election by aiding or abetting a violation of section 1030 of title 18, which relates to computer fraud and abuse,” the State Department noted.
The release says that reward will be given to anyone who offers information about individuals involved in the unauthorized accessing of election and campaign infrastructure, including voter registration databases and voting machines, and in malicious cyber operations against U.S. political organizations or campaigns to steal confidential information and then leak that information as part of influence operations to undermine political organizations or candidates.
Election hacking is not new to the United States. In 2016, it was alleged that Russian hackers rigged elections in at least 7 U.S. states. A 2018 report on NBC NBC said that Russian hackers had succeeded in compromising websites or voter registration systems in these states.
With the fight for the next presidency set between President Trump and Joe Biden, battle lines are already drawn and both Republics and Democrats are hurling hacking stories at each other. One thing is sure, the loser will accuse the winner of hacking the Elections.